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Flanders’ expertise for world’s most powerful solar roof

The world’s most powerful solar roof of 12.6 hectares is under construction and relies on expertise from Flanders. This project – worth EUR 15 million – is being realized in the Dutch town of Venlo by two real estate companies from Belgium and Flanders as a region: Heylen Warehouses and AG Real Estate, the real estate division of AG Insurance.

Large industrial building, solar panels and trucks - aerial view

Coming in summer 2020

A total of 48,040 solar panels will be installed on the roof of the Venlo e-commerce logistics campus in the Netherlands. The installation should be operational in June 2020. It covers an area of 12.6 hectares – the equivalent of 20 soccer fields.

Powering local consumers

The entire installation will produce the same amount of electricity needed to supply 4,500 families and should make it possible to emit 12,000 tons less of CO2 each year. In practice, the panels will provide enough energy to cover the local consumption of the warehouses and offices on the site. The remainder can be sent to other consumers in the area.

Large-scale energy transition

The project is part of Heylen Warehouses’ ambition to invest in renewable energy and thus create added value for customers who rent logistics space. Philippe Deschilder, CEO of Heylen Warehouses: “Heylen Warehouses has already invested over EUR 60 million in renewable energy solutions in both the Netherlands and Flanders. We will continue to do so in the future.”

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Heylen Warehouses
Reported by
Newspaper De Tijd
21 February 2020

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